One of the few memories that I have as a little kid is watching the Watergate Hearings. And, I remember being mesmerized by Barbara Jordan as she spoke:

Earlier today, we heard the beginning of the Preamble to the Constitution of the United States, “We, the people.” It is a very eloquent beginning. But when the document was completed on the seventeenth of September 1787 I was not included in that “We, the people.” I felt somehow for many years that George Washington and Alexander Hamilton just left me out by mistake. But through the process of amendment, interpretation and court decision I have finally been included in “We, the people.”

Today, I am an inquisitor; I believe hyperbole would not be fictional and would not overstate the solemnness that I feel right now. My faith in the Constitution is whole, it is complete, it is total. I am not going to sit here and be an idle spectator to the diminution, the subversion, the destruction of the Constitution

THAT is what the past 8 years have been about to me- the shredding of The Constitution. So, when you get discouraged. When you get down. Just think about it all. And get back up. And get back to volunteering, and calling, and donating, and now that it’s the weekend – canvassing.

Either this country is worth fighting for, or it is not. I believe it’s worth fighting for. I’ve traveled to four continents. But, America is my home, and I’m staying here.

Good morning.

Well, it’s going to be a nice September weekend for everyone except for those in Ike’s path. Please pray for them.

While you go about your day, stop by here at JJP.

Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.

And always, have a peaceful day.


And now — now we must look to the future. Let us heed the voice of the people and recognize their common sense. If we do not, we not only blaspheme our political heritage, we ignore the common ties that bind all Americans. Many fear the future. Many are distrustful of their leaders, and believe that their voices are never heard. Many seek only to satisfy their private work — wants; to satisfy their private interests. But this is the great danger America faces — that we will cease to be one nation and become instead a collection of interest groups: city against suburb, region against region, individual against individual; each seeking to satisfy private wants. If that happens, who then will speak for America? Who then will speak for the common good?

-Barbara Jordan, Democratic National Convention Keynote – 1976

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